September 21, 2007

Breast is Best

I had my meeting with my surgeon today. The biopsy is Wednesday and quite frankly, I believe we all are viewing this as a necessary formality, we being my husband, the surgeon and me.

I think he said this, almost verbatim, ‘Bou, I am 95 to 96% certain this is not cancer. But… it only takes 20 minutes for us to be 100% sure, so why not? Its not like its brain surgery.”

So we’re going the ‘Why Not?’ approach and he’ll punch a hole in the upper right quadrant of my right breast on Wednesday at 10:30. It’ll be a drive by biopsy nearly. Local anesthetic, he’ll poke it, take what he needs, close it up, and I walk out. Truly 20 minutes. How cool is that?

When we got up to walk into the exam room from the doctor's private office, my husband stood there for a minute and said, ‘Do you want me to stay?’ (As in, stay in the office, not come into the exam room.) I looked at him and said “Hell, no. You’ve seen it all. Come on in and watch!”

The doctor started to laugh and I just shook my head and said to him, ‘He’s seen it all and if there is a lump that can be felt, I’d have been surprised if he didn’t find it. Please.” It was just kind of funny… but sweet. Not sure what to do, trying to maintain my modesty, but in all honesty… modesty flew out the door upon the birth of the 3rd child when there were so many people in the room (as in medical staff... strangers) we nearly needed stadium seating.

On a funny note…

I am constantly looking to my universe to give me hints as to what I should do. I know. Odd thing that is. But its like I look for signs that I’m taking the right path. I found someone today who knows this surgeon and verified he is really good. Another data point... data points are good.

Today while sitting in the school clinic, I was speaking to the school nurse and a Mom. We were discussing my appointment and the Mom said, ‘Oh I LOVE that surgeon! He is wonderful! He has this wonderful accent. He is Syrian…’

I said, ‘Syrian? Are you sure?’

She replied, “Yes. He has the dark skin and the accent…”

I said again, “Really? Because… I thought he was Jewish. My OBGYN is a friend of his. I think they are Jewish… are you sure he’s not Israeli?”

And she sat for a minute and then said energetically, ‘YES!!! He is Israeli!”

I just sat there for a minute not knowing what to say. I said to my husband when I got home, “Ummm, isn’t thinking he is Syrian when he is Israeli, kind of the same as telling a British man you thought he was a German Nazi?”


Anyway, I can’t quit laughing about it. But it is true, he is an excellent surgeon. He passed muster with my husband. That was big…

Posted by Boudicca at September 21, 2007 10:13 PM | TrackBack

Syrian or Israeli? LOL! There's one way for sure to find out - ask the physician himself. Whichever he is, I am sure he has a very strong opinion about the other!

That is kind of like asking a Chinese person if he is Japanese. I've seen that happen once. I wasn't even involved, really, but my ears were ringing after that discussion finished!

Posted by: Peggy U at September 21, 2007 11:05 PM

Glad to hear that others like that doctor. It always helps.

Posted by: vw bug at September 22, 2007 05:31 AM

He is most definitely Israeli. I know what temple he goes to. ;-)

Posted by: Bou at September 22, 2007 07:41 AM

Syrian/Israeli... OMG ROFLMAO - some people really have no clue.

Posted by: Teresa at September 22, 2007 10:08 AM

I believe you made the right decision..I think it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Oh, and by the way, I reckon one could be an Iraeli and still be a Syrian..just as one can be an American and still be Syrian..but the odds are against a Syrian going to a Temple...

Posted by: GUYK at September 22, 2007 02:20 PM

glad he's a good surgeon. I'll be thinking of you on Wednesday.

Posted by: caltechgirl at September 22, 2007 02:51 PM

Besides, if he was Syrian, he wouldn't be able to touch another man's wife, right, since he's probably Islamic then?

But glad to hear you're getting the biopsy. Prayers headed your way.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at September 22, 2007 07:56 PM

As long as he's not a Socialist-Fascist! :)

I remember the first time I accompanied my darling wife to her yearly checkup. In the waiting room, Mrs. Who invited me back to the exam room. (Ack!) I was sitting up near her head, and the doctor was calmly doing his job "behind the curtain."

However, when it came time to examine her breasts, he suddenly froze, shot an almost frightened look at me, then told me, "I just need to feel for anything that might be out of the ordinary - this will only take a moment."

I couldn't believe it - he was essentially apologizing and asking permission to touch my wife's breasts...

I almost laughed out loud. I wonder what husband must have taken offense at the good Dr. feeling-up his wife and acted on his outrage. Doc's obvious tension left him when he saw the amusement on my face as I replied, "Please... [be my guest!]" :D

Posted by: Bitterroot at September 22, 2007 08:08 PM

And don't forget honey, while he was doing the internal exam part, he was praying in Latin.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at September 22, 2007 08:25 PM

Teresa- Yeah, I was so stunned. Plus... his name is Jewish. Definitely NOT Syrian. Good Grief.

GuyK- Well, I also know the guy's cousin. I know he's Jewish... but I just had no idea this entire time he was Israeli. And he just does not look Syrian... not that I'm stereotyping, but even if I saw him in the street I'd never take him for Arabic. Funny stuff...

CTG- Yup, I have multiple references, plus he did surgery on one of my docs. I figure if my Doc uses him on him, then I'm OK with that too...

Mrs. Who- Oh. Good point! I'm not sure what those Islamic rules are... but I have noticed that in America they seem to not apply so much.

BR- Well, i seriously doubt I'm going to say, "Hey, Doc, you aren't a socialist/Fascist are you?" right before he jabs a very sharp hole punch in my breast! Holy crap. No thanks! And Good Grief, you two crack me up. Praying in Latin? I'm not sure I want to know...!

Posted by: bou at September 22, 2007 08:53 PM

Guy, I'm gonna disagree with you. You can be an Israeli. You can be a Syrian. You can be an Israeli of Syrian extraction. You can be a Syrian of Israeli extraction...although such people are probably thin on the ground.

But it's not possible to be a Syrian and an Israeli at the same time.

BTW, there are Syrian Jews, just as there are Israeli Arabs. There are not too many of them, 'cause the smart ones all escaped to Israel.

The fact is, a lot of those Middle Eastern people look alike. We have quite a few Iraqi Jews in our congregation, and you'd be hard-pressed to tell them from Iraqi Muslims just from looking at them.

Posted by: Elisson at September 22, 2007 09:54 PM